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    My kids are outgrowing our morning routine (particularly me reading out loud to them). I like having a morning routine because it gets us going. When we 'just start' it seems the start time gets later and later and we don't get stuff done. What do you all do for your morning routine with your middle grade / older kids?
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    Do they have a set schedule all day, or are you looking for something that says "Time to start?"
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    No, no set schedule. I tell them my 'office hours' are 8-3, so I like to get them moving in the AM. So something that says time to start.
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    Just a couple of quick ideas to start. (I'll give it some more thought when I have a chance)

    1) Start the day with music? Perhaps the kids take turns selecting what it would be the night before. Use the music as the cue to start working.

    2) Start the day with a teacher/parent-student conference. This could be as short as 5-10 minutes. But you have it at a set time every morning. Discuss what they were able to accomplish the day before, any trouble spots in general, goals (and steps to reach them, how are those going...), how are they feeling about events outside of school (family stuff, political stuff, world events). Given the age of your kids, it could also involve planning next year, planning high school in a general way, etc.

    3) If you still have some teacher-intensive topics with them that require your guidance, perhaps start with that? Tell them you're starting at x:00 o'clock sharp.
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    We've tried different things - games, everyone reading, starting with math, meditation time... I have to admit that nothing has really stuck. We *also* had a really great morning routine when my kids were in elementary school - they did a sort of logic page warm up as I got up and then we read aloud. That's been ages ago now, it seems, but we haven't had as good as start up for the middle grades.
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    DD is 7 - we do 'watching' as our morning get started activity which is basically that she chooses between a couple of PBS kids shows over breakfast. You might do something similar with TedEd or some sort of themed series like ASAP Science. Free writing in a journal could be a good starter too - Maybe make a fun list of prompts to go with... Good luck!

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